Railways begins to dismantle 100-year-old foot overbridge in Ludhiana
It was a long pending project as local authorities were waiting for the approval of higher authorities for past few yearsUpdated: Apr 28, 2020 03:21 IST
Railway authorities pumped in around 180 workers to dismantle the 154 metre long, over 100-year-old foot overbridge at city railway station on Monday. It was a long pending project that was hanging the balance for past few years for want of approval from higher authorities.
As during nationwide lockdown, there is no movement of passenger trains and entry of passengers at railway station is prohibited, the authorities found it a right time to start the work of dismantling the bridge. Senior section engineer Sunil Kumar said that the planning had started around five days ago and on Monday, the actual task began. “The work will continue till May 4 and we will dismantle it phase by phase. In the first phase, the portion of bridge between platform 1 and 2 will be disassembled,” he said.
First, the power cable was removed and the then portion of bridge was lifted with the help of a crane. The disassembled bridge was placed on a container train to move it to the shed.
Station director Tarun Kumar said that during normal days, it was risky to disassemble the bridge due to rush of passengers at the platform and it was optimum utilisation of the time to complete this pending project. Officials from all departments, including Railway Protection Force, Government Railway Police, Mechanical Department, Electrical Department and Engineering Department were on duty.
Social distancing went for toss
Although, masks were being distributed to all workers and a separate desk for sanitising hands of workers was also set up, it became a tough task for authorities to maintain social distancing between the workers.
The workers were seen standing together and no distance was being maintained while pulling rope and lifting different equipment and some of them were also working without wearing gloves. Tarun Kumar said that the work was carried out while taking all precautions. “Regular announcements were being made to make sure workers were observing proper distancing while working. But as there were a number of workers, it is possible that at a point of time, some of them may have gathered at one place. Most of the work was performed with the help of machine because of which we were able to take maximum precautions.”